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April Seminar

HRI Designer Compounds® to Drive NextGen Display, XR, and Optic Devices

Craig Bandes
President & CEO of Pixelligent Technologies

Wednesday, April 19, 2023. 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM PDT

April 19, 2023

Presentation Abstract

High refractive index (HRI) materials have become essential enablers for diverse technologies that rely on the manipulation of light in specific ways. The range of applications that benefit from HRI materials is broad and includes displays, extended reality (XR) devices, sensors, optical and 3D printed lenses, free‐form optics, metalenses, and anti‐reflective coatings.

This is a core business focus for Pixelligent.  

Each application has a unique set of desired properties, specifications, manufacturing processes, and reliability requirements. To address the specialized requirements, Pixelligent developed a proprietary method called the PixClearProcess®. The method tunes the desired high index and processability requirements of dispersions and formulations to match the ever‐

increasing performance targets of product developers. By controlling all components of the formulation, from the synthesis of the 3nm to 20nm nanocrystals with uniform shapes and sizes, and the covalently bonded capping materials, to the formulation components, Pixelligent delivers Designer Compounds® and uniform dispersions that are broadly compatible with commonly used monomers and manufacturing processes.  

In this talk, I will describe our approach to nanoparticle synthesis, how we tune the properties of our dispersions and formulations, our mass‐production capabilities, the current products and target markets, and what comes next.  


Craig Bandes

Craig Bandes, 51, has been President & CEO of Pixelligent Technologies since 2009. He has over 25 years of experience as a CEO, entrepreneur, and angel investor building companies in the technology, defense and professional services industries. As CEO, Craig has led Pixelligent through a successful plan of reorganization, raised over $50M in equity, secured $15M+ in U.S. government grants, and established Pixelligent as the technology leader for High‐Index materials for consumer electronics applications. Prior to Pixelligent, he was the President & CEO of Global Secure Corp, a company focused on providing software, training, and equipment solutions for the homeland security market. Global Secure grew from a start‐up to operations in 4 states, with over 200 employees, before it was acquired in 2007. Craig negotiated over $300 million in transactions, completing financings, acquisitions and strategic partnerships in the US,

Asia and Europe. Craig sits on the Board of Directors of Pixelligent, is a member of the NanoBusiness Alliance Advisory and The CEO Exchange boards, and is an active angel investor. He received degrees in Entrepreneurship and Finance and from Babson College.

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BA-SID Seminar Details

Date: Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Webinar ID: 670-278-219

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Seminar Location – New Location

NGK Venture Labs
3979 Freedom Circle, Suite #401
Santa Clara, CA 95054

Please join us at NGK Venture Labs to watch the presentation.

The webinar will run in parallel with the in-person event as it did prior to the start of COVID19.

Networking Event

Join BASID for networking at Giovanni’s pizza after the event!

Pizza and beverages will be sponsored by BASID. Limited capacity of 65.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: Giovanni’s New York Pizzeria, 1127 Lawrence Expy, Sunnyvale, CA 94089

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Dr. Sihui He

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Sihui He

Sihui He is currently serving as Vice Chair for Bay Area Chapter of SID (BASID), and she is a physicist in Applied Materials, working on waveguides for Augmented Reality (AR)/Mixed Reality (MR) glasses. Sihui has been in the AR/MR industry for 8 years. She began her AR/MR journey in 2015 in Microsoft HoloLens team, which developed the first all-in-one mixed reality (MR) headset. She worked on the development of future generations, aiming to improve waveguide efficiency, generate true 3D image with varied focus depth, and to solve occlusion problem of the outside world. These three topics remained to be major challenges for AR display today. In 2017, Sihui joined DigiLens. There she developed waveguide simulation tools from scratch, then used these tools to design AR glasses as well as the fabrication optics for motocycle headsets. These simulation tools, waveguide design and fabrication were successfully licensed/transferred to customers. She joined Meta (previously Facebook) Reality Lab Research in 2020. She worked on both AR and VR (virtual reality) there. She was the techlead of AR waveguides and future technology development. She also led the development of a high efficiency VR display from scratch to prototype.

Sihui holds a Bachelor of Information Engineering from Zhejiang University in China, and a Ph.D. in optics from University of Central Florida, under supervision of Prof. Shin-Tson Wu in CREOL and Prof. Jiyu Fang in Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Her graduate research focused on liquid crystal biosensors.

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